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Dirleton Castle

Dirleton Road, Dirleton, North Berwick EH39 5ER, Scotland
+44 1620 850330
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Hidden gem

Have been many times. Gorgeous gardens, beautiful castle. Most recently, brought visiting relatives... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
bumblecheese
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Hidden treasure

I must say that I found Dirleton Castle more impressive than Tantallon Castle, even though the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Tom_Pandelaere
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Musselburgh, United Kingdom
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A romantic castle often in the forefront of Scottish history since it was built in the 12th century. The renowned gardens include an Arts and Crafts herbaceous border and Victorian garden. The herbaceous border has been authenticated by the Guinness Book of Records as the world's longest.
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good31%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Dirleton Road, Dirleton, North Berwick EH39 5ER, Scotland
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"historic scotland"
in 25 reviews
"nooks and crannies"
in 19 reviews
"information boards"
in 21 reviews
"well worth a visit"
in 28 reviews
"full bloom"
in 8 reviews
"lovely village"
in 7 reviews
"public toilets"
in 8 reviews
"helpful information"
in 3 reviews
"bowling green"
in 5 reviews
"main gate"
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"various parts"
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"stunning gardens"
in 4 reviews
"herbaceous borders"
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"explorer pass"
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"great views from the top"
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"oliver cromwell"
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"car park"
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Have been many times. Gorgeous gardens, beautiful castle. Most recently, brought visiting relatives & kids rate it much more highly than Edinburgh Castle because at Dirleton there were no crowds, and it was a more typical castle & ruin and they could run around and...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I must say that I found Dirleton Castle more impressive than Tantallon Castle, even though the weather was roughly the same, very cold and very wet. Its doocot is better preserved and there are more nooks and crannies to explore, including a subterranean prison cell....More

Thank Tom_Pandelaere
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I visited this Castle on my way down to Durham. As it was March, the gardens were not in bloom, so they must be amazing during the summer. As it was, the Castle was really interesting, and the member of staff who was on duty...More

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Reviewed March 17, 2018 via mobile

Visited Dirleton with my wife and my three young grandsons. The castle has extensive grounds with a beautiful perennial border, though this is of course not a feature in Winter. There was plenty to explore and the castle had a long and fascinating to discover....More

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Reviewed January 25, 2018 via mobile

This is a little gem of a semi-ruined castle which is dog friendly, as are the staff, and which has superb gardens throughout the summer. There is also a great pub opposite.

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Reviewed January 21, 2018

The gem is not so much the castle itself but the dovecote which is in the grounds a short walk from the entrance. I am not sure I have ever seen such a large space, which housed some 2,000 nesting birds in its heyday. The...More

Thank rgrumeti
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Reviewed January 9, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful village to visit in East Lothian, castle grounds are stunning and well worth a visit in the warmer months. Historic Scotland has preserved this site to perfection and it is easy to imagine being part of the household in this magical setting.

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Reviewed January 4, 2018 via mobile

Even in the cold of winter we had a fabulous time exploring here. The gardens must be amazing in spring/summer. Would highly recommend if you have an interest in this sort of thing.

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Reviewed January 1, 2018

I had done some research and wanted to visit this castle which we did just before Christmas. It was a clear blue sky day and the sun was shining. The castle shone in all its glory, It was brilliant with so much to explore.

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Reviewed December 17, 2017

Nice old castle ruins. There was no admission charged when we stopped here. Seemed strange as these ruins were more complete than some where admission is charged. We had the place entirely to ourselves and enjoyed looking everything over with no distractions, I would rate...More

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freq_flyers
July 25, 2017|
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Response from Brian S | Reviewed this property |
I was there with my 7 year old son & 5 year old daughter, for a 7 year old, the castle is easily accessible but for my daughter, the steep stone steps and narrow staircases caused a few problems. - lot of hand holding and... More
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Nigel D
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*allowed Lol. If your dog barks too much you may be kicked out ;)
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June 19, 2016|
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Response from binaduncan | Reviewed this property |
Sorry to be so long in replying we are staying where there is no internet connection. We travelled by bike so parking not a problem, in fact caretaker took our bikes into castle grounds! Dirleton is a quiet we place and... More
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